Myan­mar to ex­port a mil­lion tonnes of mel­ons to China

The Myanmar Times - - News -

MYAN­MAR will ex­port nearly one mil­lion tonnes of watermelons and muskmel­ons to China this year, said Min­is­ter of Com­merce U Than Myint.

He said this dur­ing a China –Myan­mar meet­ing held on Mon­day re­gard­ing the re-open­ing of the Kyin San Kyawt bor­der gate in Shan State, which has been closed since De­cem­ber 27 to re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion.

The clo­sure has dis­rupted trade be­tween the two coun­tries.

U Than Myint said wa­ter­melon and muskmelon ex­ports to china have in­creased by about 100,000 tonnes over the past few years. He added that last year the gov­ern­ment ex­ported wa­ter­melon and muskmelon to China to­talling about 800,000 tonnes.

He said both China and Myan­mar are ex­plor­ing ways of re­open­ing the Kyin San Kyawt gate which has been closed due to peren­nial traf­fic con­fes­tion on the China side.

“We want to know how we can ex­port (watermelons and muskmel­ons) with­out any dif­fi­cul­ties,” he said.

As there has been no sys­tem­atic traf­fic man­age­ment of trucks trav­el­ling be­tween the two coun­tries by the Yun­nan Prov­ince gov­ern­ment, the truck­ers are hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties go­ing in and out.

He added that aside from watermelons and muskmel­ons, rice and cat­tle also pass through Kyin San Kyawt.

U Than Myint as­sured that the clo­sure of the gate will be tem­po­rary and is due ef­forts to re­solve ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues and a lack of per­ma­nent staff. He said he hoped that once the gate re­opens trade be­tween the two coun­tries in the bor­der gate will in­crease. – Pyae Thet Phyo

A fruit ven­dor sorts wa­ter­melon at a whole­sale mar­ket in Yangon on April 28, 2015.

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